The challenges of flying a drone in Australia – watch this before buying a drone

The challenges of flying a drone in Australia – watch this before buying a drone

Flying a drone is a lot of fun but before you get one you need to understand a few things about flying a drone in Australia. All the cool footage you see in the DJI adverts are not allowed in Australia so make sure you check out this video before buying your first drone.

You can find some rules about flying a drone in Australia below.

You can download the CAN I FLY THERE app below.

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  1. Layman_42 on July 18, 2022 at 7:45 pm

    Am I the only one who knows all the rules and regulations of airspace and flying drones in Australia but still breaks them anyways.

  2. JETPILOT RC on July 18, 2022 at 7:46 pm

    30m away…! lol ๐Ÿ˜‚ I fly stoned everyday… check my vids…! ๐Ÿ˜‚
    I threw a drone off mount tambourine.. STONED OFF MY FACE..!

  3. Paul H on July 18, 2022 at 7:48 pm

    I live within 5.5 kms from a major airport and I can fly under 120m. Gotta be a bit smart about it, know the rules and it’ll work. Get a drone under 250g and all is good.

  4. Land and Lore Photograph Off Road Adventures on July 18, 2022 at 7:48 pm

    Most of the rules are not any real problem and have been in place long before any drones were even around, the only one I did not know about until just recently is the National Parks rule, I can understand if there was a fire in the area but other than that I see it as no more than a money grab. Will make it hard for me to get videos of doing some 4WDing and stuff and I bet getting permission will be a near impossible task.

  5. Shannon Hartnett on July 18, 2022 at 7:49 pm

    Every true Australian will breake some of these rules no matter what the stupid law states Aussies like myself are rebellious to crap like that I think a safe distance is 5-10 metres away from a person or animal is safice enough most wild animals will run away way before you could even get that close anyway

  6. Glen Coughlan on July 18, 2022 at 7:50 pm

    Australia was once a prison settlement – nothings changed – its the premier kill joy ban everything country on this planet. Everything here is basically illegal, prohibited or can be theorised that way. The fine and penalty country of the year.

  7. Squidy on July 18, 2022 at 7:51 pm

    I honestly wish I’d seen this video before I bought a drone a few days ago. Likely taking it back today because its next to impossible to fly anywhere. I agree with the rules for safety etc as I wouldn’t want someone getting hurt, but if it means I cant launch anywhere it will just sit on my shelf so back to the shop it goes.

  8. OGtalks on July 18, 2022 at 7:51 pm

    We live in the most over-regulated country in the world , in every aspect or scenario possible .. one guy makes a mistake with a drone , then they pass laws that ruin it for everyone else ..
    itโ€™s actually disturbing , the way our government treats us like children . There are way too many crazy laws down here ! Iโ€™m bloody sick of it !!

  9. Taleb Elmaneh on July 18, 2022 at 7:52 pm

    You sure you’re from Australia and not Austria?

  10. thepretenda on July 18, 2022 at 7:53 pm


  11. JuicyFruityify on July 18, 2022 at 7:54 pm

    It’s the same with 4×4’s. Perfect country for an amazing parts and customs market like the U.S. but everything is regulated to the ‘nth degree, killing the enthusiasm for the hobby.

  12. SoundsLikeCrisps on July 18, 2022 at 7:55 pm

    Victorian parks are no fly zones for recreational RPAs ๐Ÿ™ And even once you have that fancy CASA certification you still need to give two weeks notice and $100+ for the application fee.
    Bit ridiculous.

  13. Theodore Churchill on July 18, 2022 at 7:56 pm

    No one cares about rulles

  14. John Merton on July 18, 2022 at 8:00 pm

    It’s illegal to jay walk but lots do.

  15. Ser Wombles on July 18, 2022 at 8:02 pm

    freaking nanny state

  16. infinightsky on July 18, 2022 at 8:03 pm

    Lol Australia is such a boring place

  17. Bailey Alchin on July 18, 2022 at 8:04 pm

    Question, besides them actually coming up to you like the ranger how would they know?

  18. Todd Bone on July 18, 2022 at 8:04 pm

    The CASA app is a good reference but not the total green light. For instance , I live in Logan Council area in South Brisbane and the CASA app gives the Ok to fly on most areas however the council themselves forbids the launching of Drones from any Public space or Council Park . Which leaves private property like your house except no I have neighbours closer than 30metres and itโ€™s a populous area. So unless you live on acreage your buggered. So donโ€™t assume the Casa app tells the whole story …

  19. That is Surprising on July 18, 2022 at 8:07 pm

    Change gps settings on your phone for another city/country and fly wherever you want

  20. A.J Oliver on July 18, 2022 at 8:09 pm

    Iโ€™m confused , thinking of buying one of these however I live in a no fly zone too
    So you are saying it physically wonโ€™t start in these areas ??

  21. edstar83 on July 18, 2022 at 8:11 pm

    No fly zone? I fly my tiny whoop inside my house. Rebel for life.

  22. Sean Keish on July 18, 2022 at 8:11 pm

    Hey Gday guys! We’re a Drone virtual store operating in Australia! Please visit to view all our Drone products. Cheers! (y)

  23. Filip laskovski on July 18, 2022 at 8:12 pm

    U forgot to mention the 120 meters of altitude is a fucking joke
    Iโ€™m still buying a Mavic mini tho

  24. Dana Jennings on July 18, 2022 at 8:13 pm

    Had a Phantom 3 and now have a Mavic. Hundreds of hours of vid and lots of fun, use the CASA app and do the right thing. It’s really not that hard guys, stop whinging go and do it.

  25. Cj Stenning on July 18, 2022 at 8:13 pm

    Is is mad, what is the point of selling drones here if there is hardly anywhere to fly it, plus ridiculously stupid laws like not being able to fly it close to FRIENDS. ๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‘

  26. gareth5000 on July 18, 2022 at 8:13 pm

    Iโ€™m just about to pay 1780, second fine. They trawled through my yt channel and looked for dodgy videos.

  27. M L on July 18, 2022 at 8:13 pm

    You are being overly cynical. The laws are a little over zealous but the enforcement of said laws are practically non existent. Unless a park ranger is free and you are at a no fly zone park like you showed, but you were still at the park lmao.

  28. Wayne S on July 18, 2022 at 8:15 pm

    drones under 2kg are hobby so casa have rules like the 30m from people and so on, if you want to fly over or in populus areas and venues you will need to get the Repl license and get permission as long as it is for hobby you should be good, if your making a business out of it then more licenses or association to company with appropriate licence is needed. as long as you are a reasonable human like this guy doing the video which I thank you for. if you do fly irresponsibly then you get what you deserve but also make it harder for the average guy just wanting some fun
    use the app, use your brain, keep it fun and safe and you should be ok until they change the goal posts again.

  29. John Merton on July 18, 2022 at 8:15 pm

    Did you know Qld is thinking of introducing scooter police to regulate people on scooters.

  30. Andy Hawkins on July 18, 2022 at 8:16 pm

    easy fuck dji. the only people who have ever told to me not fly

    were old ladies who had no business at the park ๐Ÿ™‚

  31. frankus54 on July 18, 2022 at 8:17 pm

    Everything to do with any form of flying in Australia is massively over regulated.

  32. Mozzed Video and Photography on July 18, 2022 at 8:21 pm

    This is why so many industries are destroyed in Australia. Way over regulated

  33. Bruce Smith on July 18, 2022 at 8:21 pm

    Thanks for that, l was going to buy a drone but not any more. You just saved me 2,500 dollars.

  34. JustYeung on July 18, 2022 at 8:24 pm

    This isn’t how the rules work you can fly the drone over people with there consent that’s how it works

  35. jennimareeh on July 18, 2022 at 8:30 pm

    As far as I know you can fly over people like climbing, surfing etc as long as you know the people.

  36. Leroy Carter on July 18, 2022 at 8:30 pm


  37. Grant's Gaming YT on July 18, 2022 at 8:30 pm

    Just want to let you all know the casa can i fly there app is no longer working. Open skys is the new app for drone flying

  38. MIND REFRESHMENTS on July 18, 2022 at 8:31 pm

    I just bought a drone, means I have wasted fricking $2600, what a waste of money.

  39. Barry Maskell on July 18, 2022 at 8:32 pm

    Every Stralian owns several drones we just donโ€™t fly them

  40. Mike's Man Cave on July 18, 2022 at 8:32 pm

    You really need to educate yourself, you got most of this stuff wrong, simply because you don’t really understand the rules.

  41. TJ White on July 18, 2022 at 8:33 pm

    I had a drone in Brisbane…. biggest waste of time and money ever. Aeriel cinematography in Australia is actually garbage. Great video mate

  42. Ray's Drones on July 18, 2022 at 8:34 pm

    Good ol Aus.having fun is illegal

  43. The Aussie Troll on July 18, 2022 at 8:34 pm

    You weren’t exactly correct about flying over dolphins, whales, seals etc. Each state has different regulations regarding this. Also you can fly over a shark as it’s not classified as mammal. Also national park regulations are different from state to state. Here in WA we can fly in a national park, all that is asked is you contact the local office to ensure that where you want to fly doesn’t interfere with park operations and that you abide by all other CASA regulations

  44. Fleming Richard on July 18, 2022 at 8:35 pm

    Not sure how it works in Australia, but as far as doing those shots with your friends that you talked about…I believe "participants" are excluded from the rule about not flying over people or within 30 meters of them, at least in the U.S.

  45. Farming Life Australia on July 18, 2022 at 8:37 pm

    You need to go back to where you came from.

  46. Mike Carter on July 18, 2022 at 8:37 pm

    I didn’t know whether to laugh or cry! I was laughing throughout the video at all the things you couldn’t do (welcome to Nazi Australia) and cried when I realised that my investment was a dud…

  47. Kalika Putra on July 18, 2022 at 8:39 pm

    The rule about being 30 Meyers from friends is wrong. You can be close to friends but 30 meters away from others outside of your group….unless you get their consent after explaining what you are doing.

  48. Filming Australia on July 18, 2022 at 8:40 pm

    it accually you can do all the stuff this guy said

  49. gureno19 on July 18, 2022 at 8:41 pm

    Id love to see a small drone bring down a helicopter….. just not going to happen

  50. Enigmatic Loremaster on July 18, 2022 at 8:41 pm

    As long as you launch your drone outside a national park you shouldn’t need a permit to fly over the national park.

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